US President Barack Obama THE month of February is set aside for the study and celebration of African American achievements. Indeed, having elected the first black president that by itself is an achievement of monumental proportions. However, since it is an election year, and we review the direction in which black leaders like Booker T  Washington and Dr  Martin Luther King, we find that the afflictions that they fought against have remained. In some cases, they have multiplied. My experience in Jamaica and in the United States has taught me this undisputable fact: It is easy, and indeed there are justifications for people of colour to expend their energies in hating the white man. I have…